Jilly Cooper is a journalist, author and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling was appointed OBE in for services to. The Rutshire Chronicles is the name given to a series of romantic novels by Jilly Cooper. Riders (); Rivals (; also known as Players); Polo (); The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (); Appassionata (); Score! (). Rivals is a novel by the English author Jilly Cooper. It is the second of the Rutshire Chronicles, a series of books set in the fictional English county of Rutshire.

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One of the biggest reasons that I picked up this book was to find out what happened with Rupert’s wronged wife Helen. The resulting audiobook doesn’t quite manage to remove the inherent charms of the text, but it takes a good stab at it. Yes, all the characters are OTT, but completely loveable somehow even the ‘nasty’ ones.

Jilly Cooper: Rivals and Riders

Her books are satisfying, and I can never put them down. You think it’s ‘trash’ until you read coiper written by someone without Jilly’s skill and then you realise what a good writer she is.

Finally, Cooper has the tendency to use words such as ‘screamed’ and ‘yelled’ in terms of conversations, which becomes jarring after a while.

His overlooks a valley called the Frogsmore. Leo Cooper —, his death [1]. She later spoke of feeling that her “number was up” and of being absurdly concerned, due to shock, about a manuscript she had been carrying.

Each book of the Rutshire Chronicles is set in a milieu that can be considered glamorous and wealthy, such as show jumping or classical music. She was in favour of the Iraq War. I believe it to be a perfect example of its genre. He bordered on the unpleasant in the first book, but here, he So there is a bonkbuster before anyone had heard about Christian Grey.


Feb 10, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: I wish I would have read this when I was 17! But Rupert finds love. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. You’ll be happily in Jilly’s world instead of airplane hell. Declan needs only a few days at Corinium to realise that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, is a crook who has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. It’s very educational though. Jul 05, Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually loved this book for many reasons, some of which being: I cannot say this is a classic but it is really well written and Jilly’s choice of language and phrasing is great.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One character was modelled on Cpoper Humphreys, a Welshman with whom Cooper had an affair in the late s. Well, turns out she’s happily married and that’s about it. I read until my eyes are bleeding. Well, this will always be my Jackie Collins of countryside England and I’m hoping for a meal of fish and chips with peas. This was my best read by Jilly Cooper. Look up rut in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

A very varied group of people jillu are fed up or have been victimized by Tony decide to take him on and fight to get the franchise. They’ve helped me through some crappy times.

The novel is generally entertaining and hillarious. Retrieved 18 January And the main plotline – the TV franchise battle – is a wonderful story in itself. Octavia is one of Cooper’s “name” books, which each bear a female character’s name and has been made into a television adaptation.


There is a whole big thing about a television station bid that, my goodness, could of been pared down except the author seems to want to impress us with cooped research o I read until my eyes are bleeding. The Times noted that Cooper avoids the traditional romantic convention in which the heroine remains a virgin until the last page.

Rutshire Chronicles – Wikipedia

Although she only has a cameo appearance, American Helen is read as English whereas Gloucestershire sportsman Wesley is occasionally American. It’s sad and pathetic and you need a new woman! Rivals Rutshire Chronicles 2 by Jilly Cooper. There’s debate about when this occurred.

So finally I read the Rupert and Taggie love story – not quite how I expected irvals to come about. I couldn’t really warm to domineering Cameron iilly really just want’s to be loved – can’t really say why. Jilly Cooper has suffered a stroke, coped with her husband’s serious illness and even admits that her famously raunchy image is a myth”. Will Declan get to make the kind of meaningful, intelligent programmes that the viewing public deserves?!

These aspects are contrasted with details of the characters’ domestic lives, which are often far from glamorous. Oct 19, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: But of course, I loved Cinderella aka Taggie. The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the beautiful bounder and darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black.

Archived from the original on 21 February And of course Rupert and Taggie – that says it all.